August 9, 2010

Inspiration for the day

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Satyan, Grameen Library, Aranattukara, Thrissur Ph: 9496350221

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At the age of 3, polio had curtailed the mobility of his leg.  But Satyan was not ready to give up the effort to walk an extra mile to make a difference.  After becoming a government servant in 1994, he had been sparing no effort in producing such government employees by giving free coaching to common folks.

Realizing that lack of proper guidance had prevented many from becoming successful in PSC exams, Satyan invited 11 persons to attend his coaching at Sree Narayana Samajam, Laloor, Thrissur in 2003.  After 9 of them became government servants, more job seekers started seeking him out.  In 2006, after he had shifted to Ayyanthole, he has been organizing classes at Grameen Library, Aranattukara.  18 students, some with barely sufficient skill to read and write, participated in the first batch.  The fact that a headload worker, Sajeevan, got selected as Mazdoor, became an inspiration for all.
His own two younger brothers, who had not cleared SSLC, are now government employees.  His student had secured first rank in the last police constable test and 9th rank in the commando test. 

He makes innovative use of human resource at his disposal.  He selects the brighter ones among his students to be instructors at few other locations where he is conducting similar classes.  The best way to learn something is to teach it to others.  He makes the students prepare question papers based on the lessons learned.  These questions have to be answered by others and the valuation too is to be done by the students.  This way they become thorough in topics they teach / answer / value.

There is provision for physical exercise training also.  There is a ladies-only batch on Sundays.  He has brought out two study aids titled Oruma and Thanal.

The only condition he insists on is that the successful students should become life members of the Library.


Courtesy: Santhosh John Thooval, Malayala Manorama, July 20, 2010
Contributed by: Administrator

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